10/31/14 11:44am

Nancy Dunning

The City of Alexandria is seeking public comment on a proposal to name the park parcel at 2802 Mt. Vernon Ave., located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, “Nancy Dunning Garden”. The Del Ray Business Association forwarded the proposal.

More than 25 years ago when “The Avenue” was boarded up buildings with very few shops, residents had little reason to walk around. Nancy Dunning, known as the “Queen of Del Ray,” saw a different Avenue and dedicated her life to see it blossom and thrive. She worked tirelessly to lay the groundwork for Del Ray to become what it is today.

More than 10 years since her death, friends and family still hear new stories of acts of kindness that Nancy performed before her death. She had a heart of gold and always went out of her way to help someone in need. The Del Ray Business Association is proud to recommend that one of the entrances to the heart of the Del Ray Business District be named after Nancy Dunning.

The public is invited to provide comment on the proposal to name the park parcel “Nancy Dunning Garden” through Friday, November 28. Those interested in providing comments will be able to record their comments by email to jack.browand@alexandriava.gov, subject line: Nancy Dunning Garden, or by mail to RPCA, Attn: Jack Browand, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria VA 22314. The City Council Naming Committee will receive all comments received or postmarked by Friday, November 28.

For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504.

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10/31/14 9:45am


Ryan Alley, a patent attorney and Alexandria resident, has appeared on the game show Jeopardy! this week. He won once and tied for the win last night. Can he win again?? Jeopardy! airs weekdays at 7:30pm on WJLA-TV (ABC7).

Ryan auditioned for the show through an online test in January 2014 and received an invite for an in-person interview in Washington in May. He was then selected to appear on Jeopardy! in July. His show was taped in August on the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California.

Ryan is a patent attorney who frequently practices before the USPTO in Alexandria. He holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and a JD from The George Washington University Law School. Ryan and his partner David Rigsby live in the Henry Condominium in the Braddock Metro neighborhood. David serves on the City of Alexandria’s Human Rights Commission.

10/31/14 9:22am

Your Dog's Best Friend 'The Store' in Del Ray Alexandria, Virginia decked out for Halloween

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed. On Rule 5 Friday’s, local blogs dominate the links. Be sure to show our fellow bloggers some link love.


10/31/14 8:54am

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 31-November 2 with track work beginning at 10 p.m. Friday (TONIGHT)  through closing Sunday.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains providing service every 8-10 minutes between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

NOTE::  Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2. At that time, clocks will “fall back” to 1 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Metrorail will remain open until its normal closing time of 3 a.m. “new time” (Eastern Standard Time).